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Lifelong Learning Bursary (for mature students) Terms and Conditions 2020/21

10 Bursaries

UG

Full fee waiver

10 available

Undergraduate
Full fee waiver

Award details

Mature students are under-represented within the Brunel University London student population and as such, Brunel is committed to supporting mature students in entering higher education.

The Lifelong Learning Bursary seeks to encourage mature students who might otherwise be unable to undertake undergraduate study, to apply to and successfully complete an undergraduate degree. The bursary is available to Home fee paying applicants who will be the age of 30 and over on the course start date, and who are beginning undergraduate courses at Brunel University London and the Brunel Pathway College (BPC) in September.

All Home mature students age 30 and over are eligible to apply for the bursary, with priority in allocating the award given to students who at the time of application are residents of the London Borough of Hillingdon, care leavers, or are resident in an area of deprivation, as defined by the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) Quintiles 1 and 2. The Access and Participation Plan 2020/21-2024/25 has been used to determine these target groups.

Value: Full fee waiver for each level of study. The bursary will only be paid once for each eligible level of study, subject to normal progression criteria having been met (additional payments will not be made during a repeating year, regardless of the reason for repetition).

How many: 10 bursaries are available

Application process: To be considered applicants must complete an application form, which requires a supporting statement of 250 words explaining why they would be a suitable recipient of the bursary.  Applicants will additionally be required to submit evidence of postcode in the form of a council tax bill. Evidence of care leaver status will be required, however this can be provided after the point of application if not yet available. Full details of the evidence required can be found below in section 2(c) ‘Proof of Eligibility’.

Deadline: Applications must be submitted by midnight on 7th August 2020 (GMT).

Applications will only be accepted if:

  • all sections of the application form have been completed
  • proof of address has been provided, as evidenced by a council tax bill
  • the applicant is a Home fee paying student holding an offer on a course starting in September 2020.

Late applications will not be considered.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a Lifelong Learning Bursary an applicant must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be aged 30 or over on the course start date.
  • Must hold an offer of a place on a full time Undergraduate course (including foundation year, placement routes and undergraduate integrated Masters programmes).
  • Offer must be ‘Unconditional Firm’ (UF) by the date the Scholarship Allocation Panel make their awards (i.e. applicant must have met all offer conditions and firmly accepted the place).
  • Must commence the course in the upcoming academic year (applicants for deferred entry will be considered for a scholarship in the year they start their course and not in the year of their course application). 
  • Have been assessed as a Home fee payer for fee purposes. Applicants who are unsure of their fee status should note Brunel uses the information they have provided in their application form to assess fee status against regulations set by the UK government. For information on these regulations please visit the independent organisation UKCISA’s website.
  • Must have submitted a completed scholarship application by the 7th August 2020 deadline. Late applications will not be considered.

Priority in allocating awards will be given on the following criteria, ranked in the following order:

  • Residents of the London Borough of Hillingdon
  • Care Leavers
  • IMD Quintile 1
  • IMD Quintile 2

Bursaries will be awarded to those who meet the eligibility criteria at the time of allocation. 

Bursary holders may be requested to represent Brunel at various promotional activities throughout their time at the University. Participation is not mandatory and bursary holders may be contacted with invitations to participate in activities such as surveys, focus groups, and interviews in order to evaluate the University’s financial support package. Bursary holders will be contacted as and when participation is required.  If a student chooses not to participate their bursary award will not be effected.

Data pertaining to bursary holders such as progression rate, degree attainment, degree completion, and graduate outcome may also be analysed in order to understand the effectiveness of this bursary. This data may also be linked to other data already held by the University for the purpose of better understanding the impact of bursaries and scholarships on under-represented groups. To learn more about how the University uses data to support its commitment to delivering positive outcomes to students from under-represented groups please visit our webpage.

a) Those not eligible for this Bursary

  • Applicants classed as Overseas, European (HEU) or Channel Islands/Isle of Man for fees purposes, or those with an unresolved fee status.
  • Applicants entering a postgraduate course at Brunel.
  • Applicants who will not commence their course in the upcoming academic year - applicants holding offers for deferred entry will be considered for a bursary in the year they start their course and not in the year of their course application. 
  • Applicants entering a course with the Brunel Language Centre (BLC).
  • Applicants entering a course at FHEQ Level 5 or FHEQ Level 6. For information regarding FHEQ Levels please refer to the Level of Study table in Section 2b Eligibility Definitions.
b) Eligibility Definitions

 

Level of Study

Thick Sandwich

FHEQ Level

Year of Study

Study Stage

Foundation

0

0

4

1

1

5

2

2

Placement

6

4

3

Thin Sandwich

FHEQ Level

Year of Study

Study Stage

Foundation

0

0

4

1

1

5

Placement

Study

2

Study

Placement

6

4

3

Full Time

FHEQ Level

Year of Study

Study Stage

Foundation

0

0

4

1

1

5

2

2

6

3

3

Mature

Those who are aged 30 or over on the course start date.

Resident of the London Borough of Hillingdon

Those who are residents of the London Borough of Hillingdon at the time of bursary application.

Care Leaver

Those who have spent at least 3 months in care (and declared this on their course application form) including at the time of their 16th birthday, those that have had Eligible children status or those that fall into the category of Former relevant children.

In all cases proof of Care Leaver status in the form of written documentation from the student's local authority (corporate parent) will be required before the bursary is awarded and this is subsequently verified by the University's Funding Team. Further details will be outlined in the bursary award email.

Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) Quintiles 1 and 2

Those who are resident in an area defined as quintile 1 or 2 of the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) at the time of bursary application. IMD is the official measure of relative deprivation for small areas (or neighbourhoods) in England. The Index of Multiple Deprivation ranks every small area in England from 1 (most deprived area) to 32,844 (least deprived area)

The Government ranks postcodes by deciles, with 1 being the most deprived and 10 being the least deprived. This has been converted to quintiles for use in Higher Education where 1 is the most deprived and 5 the least. IMD will differ depending on country of residence, covering students in England, Wales and Scotland.

More information regarding IMD can be found here.

Welsh IMD is defined as below:

Quintile           Rank

1                      1 to 191

2                      192 to 382

3                      383 to 573

4                      574 to 955

5                      956 to 1909

More information regarding Welsh IMD can be found here.

Scottish IMD:

More information regarding Scottish IMD can be found here.

 

c) Proof of Eligibility

Mature: To evidence Mature, age data will be collected from the UCAS/UTT/Brunel application forms. 

Resident of the London Borough of Hillingdon: To evidence residency in the London Borough of Hillingdon, data will be collected from the UCAS/UTT/Brunel application forms and proof of address will be required in the form of a council tax bill showing residence in the London Borough of Hillingdon.

Care Leaver: Proof of care leaver status in the form of written documentation from the student’s local authority (corporate parent) will be required before any payment can be made.

IMD Quintiles 1 and 2: To evidence quintiles 1 and 2 of the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) data will be collected from the UCAS/UTT/Brunel application forms and proof of address will be required in the form of a Council Tax bill.

Allocation

3.1 Eligibility criteria are reviewed annually.

3.2 Points weighting given to each of the following allocation criteria:

Resident of London Borough of Hillingdon

29

Care Leaver

16

IMD Q1

8

IMD Q2

4

3.3 The University will assess each applicant that has submitted an application for the bursary against the eligibility criteria listed above and will use the information provided at the time of their course application and bursary application to do so. In the event that the number of applicants who meet the criteria exceeds the number of bursaries available, the total number of points scored using the points-weighting detailed above will be taken into consideration. In the event that there is a tie among the top ten scores a panel will consider the personal statement provided by the applicant.

3.4 Applicants are considered for bursaries using the information provided at the time of their application only and cannot be reconsidered should their circumstances change during the course of their studies. Bursaries cannot be backdated.

3.5 Applications will be considered on the balance of eligibility criteria met by each applicant.

3.6 Applicants awarded the Lifelong Learning Bursary may also be eligible for the Brunel University London Bursary.

3.7 Bursary awards will be decided by the Scholarship Allocation Panel and will be responsible for producing a final list for eligible awardees.

3.8 Bursaries will be formally awarded by an awarding panel in September following receipt of exam results. Successful recipients will be informed by email shortly after allocation.

3.9 Bursary’s are awarded for the current academic year only and cannot be deferred to alternate months or years of entry. Applicants who intend to defer their studies must re-apply for a bursary in the year they will begin their studies.

3.10 Brunel University London is unable to contact all applicants who have applied for the bursary and have been unsuccessful.

3.11 The decision of the Scholarship Allocation Panel is final. The University will not accept any appeals in respect of decisions made by the panel.

Payment

The full tuition fee will be waived each year of a full time Undergraduate course up to a maximum of four years for a full time Undergraduate course, including foundation year (or for five years of a sandwich course). No payment will be made in the placement year of a sandwich course or in the integrated Masters year of an Integrated Master’s programme because the final year of an Integrated Masters is already subject to a fee waiver.

4.2 Conditions of Payment:

  • The tuition fee will only be waived providing the student is enrolled at the University on an Undergraduate degree programme of study at the time of the payment.
  • The fee waiver will only be applied once for each eligible level of study, subject to normal progression criteria having been met (additional fee waivers will not be made during a repeating year, regardless of the reason for repetition).

Where a student receiving a tuition fee waiver has applied for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loan Company (SLC), the SLC will be notified of the tuition fee waiver(s) in September.

Withdrawal

5.1 Misleading information: The University reserves the right to withdraw a bursary from anyone who is found to have misled the University about any aspect of their eligibility and to seek repayment of any monies already paid by appropriate means.

5.2 Mode of Attendance Change: If a student changes to a different mode of study, their eligibility for a bursary will be reviewed. The bursary will be withdrawn if the change is from full time to part time.

5.3 Changing course and starting again at FHEQ Level 4: Students who commence their studies and subsequently make an alteration that involves starting again at FHEQ Level 4 will not be eligible for a new award against the new course. The existing bursary award will be placed on hold and reinstated once the student commences FHEQ Level 5. If a student changes course but remains at the same level of study, this will not have an impact on the award. For information regarding FHEQ Levels please refer to the Level of Study table in Section 2b Eligibility Definitions.

5.4 Abeyance/Temporary Withdrawal: If a student who is in receipt of a bursary takes a period of temporary withdrawal (abeyance), their award will be put on hold until the student returns to complete that level of study.

5.5 Suspension of Study: Should a student be suspended for any reason, the bursary award would be withdrawn and consideration of reinstatement will be dependent on the disciplinary outcome.

5.6 Repeat/Extended Study: Repeat periods of study, and periods of temporary withdrawal that result in extended periods of study, are not supported by additional fee waivers. Bursary entitlement is for the maximum duration of each award and entitlement is not extended if overall course duration alters.

5.7 Withdrawal from Study: A student who withdraws from their programme prior to completion and who is in receipt of a bursary award will not normally be requested to repay bursary payments made up to the point of withdrawal; however, entitlement to all future bursary payments and/or adjustments, cease immediately a student withdraws.

5.8 Amendment of Fee Waivers: Fee waivers applied at the start of an academic year as part/all of a bursary entitlement will not be amended once the fee waiver has been processed.

Any queries relating to these terms and conditions should be addressed to the Admissions Office by emailing: scholarships@brunel.ac.uk

 

Updated 16th April 2020